October 13, 2021
Unity, it’s no secret that it’s under severe attack. Social media, the cancel culture, critical race theory, politicalization and polarization of many issues, in addition to the tools the devil has used for centuries, all contribute to division. We need to fight these tools of the enemy with substance. Father had one line in a homily last week that really struck me. He said one of the devil’s tools for division is to separate the spiritual world from the material world. Father listed several other attacks, but that one rang true in my heart very powerfully.
I remember vividly one of the first times my father could not fix the car. Dad was a very fine farmer, which meant he could fix a lot of things and had very good experiential knowledge. So why couldn’t he fix the car, because that computer chip held processes that were not evident to a mechanical mind. (As I hear my dad’s voice, I admit there was one more adjective before “computer chip” which I am leaving out.) The advent of computer technology created a division between the material world and the understanding of the average human. That trajectory has continued which primes us for separating the material world and the spiritual world...not good for us humans.
There is something good about being able to appreciate and understand the things around us. The material world is a gift that is intended to draw us to our Father. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body illustrates that in so many ways. I see that same help toward integration of the natural and the spiritual in our Nature Explore playground and our CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) program. They help us notice the beauty and mystery around us leading to wonder and connection to the One who made it all.
“I have come that they may be one.” (Jn 17:11) Thank you Father for your many gifts, may our parish and school be a place of unity, a place where we see You and the unseen reality at work often. In the end, the unseen will be more real than that which we see….and for all eternity. Lord bless us particularly with wisdom and unity, please.
In Christ’s Love,
Sister Mary Michael, CK
Come home next Wednesday Oct. 20.
EXPLORE WITH PETER UPDATE
Three classes have reached their goal. We are looking for the class with the greatest improvement this week. At present that goes to 4A, followed closely by 3B and PK. So this is the chance for those who are way behind! Here’s the short promo video. Although our Saturday workdays are complete, there is still much to do. If you are particularly handy, or have tools and gifts you would think we can benefit from, please reach out to Mr. James Widoe at 402-421-6299 or email@example.com
SCHOOL LUNCH MENU CHANGES
Thursday 10/14 – Grilled cheese, Goldfish crackers, fruit & milk
Friday 10/15 – Taco Crunch, Fritos, salad bar, fruit & milk
CHILDREN AND SCREENS
Dr. George Williams will address the impact of screen time on children from the angle of pediatric psychology. What an opportunity to hear from one of our parishioners who is an expert in the field. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls that are impacting so many children and adolescents. November 2 at 7:00pm in the St. Peter Gym.
PARISH STEWARDSHIP RENEWAL CARDS
Almost 1/3 more in two weeks. Thanks, let’s keep the numbers increasing. We have 81 out of 193 families that have filled out their card. We are working toward unity between the school and parish, filling out these cards is essential for that process. The easiest way is likely to fill it out online here. Thank you for filling it out if you haven’t already done so.
First week 64
Last week 75
This week 81
CONFESSIONS WEDNESDAY MORNING
On Wednesday, October 20, 3rd grade students and their parents are invited to go to Confession between 7:10 and 8:00am. The process has been going very well. Click here for more info on Sacrament of Reconciliation - St. Peter Catholic Parish (saintpeterslincoln.com). On October 27, we will welcome our 8th graders and their families before school. On November 3, 7th graders and their families are invited to join in the sacrament before school. Please make it a point as a family to join us!
SAVE SUPER SAVER AND RUSS’ RECEIPTS
Apples for the Students program. We get educational equipment for your receipts. More info coming. We can use any receipts dated Sept. 1 through March 31. More info coming soon. Hang on to those receipts, please!
SCHOOL DIRECTORY & YEARBOOK ORDERS
Order deadline has been extended to Friday October 15. If you would like a 2021-22 school directory ($3 each) or picture yearbook ($20 each), please return the completed form with payment to the school office. You may also place your order at Parent/Teacher conferences. There will be order forms and envelopes on a table in the school lobby. Place your completed form and payment in the envelope, seal it, and leave it at the table.
CK SISTERS Outdoor Fall Workday
Sat., October 16, 1:30-4:30 pm, we will be planting shrubs and trees, cleaning up our vegetable garden and cutting trees. Helpful items to bring include shovels, work gloves, wheelbarrows, pickups and chainsaws. Children are also welcome – and can use this for service hours! Mark your calendars now, and contact Sister Mary Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come and help. Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St., about 2 miles west and south of Pioneers Park. (Walk-ins also welcome.) Click Workday for detailed flyer.
SCIP PROGRAM ON MARIJUANA
Informational program sponsored by SCIP titled The Impact of Marijuana Use on Our Youth will take place Thursday, October 21, from 6:30–8:00pm at Schoo Middle School. Click on the link for program details.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS
Marriage Encounter is a chance for couples to enhance their communication and heartfelt love for each other. Please prayerfully consider attending. Upcoming dates are November 5-7 in Hastings, and February 4-6 in Lincoln. For more information, please contact Pat & Janelle Benson at email@example.com, or Pat at 308-940-0670 or Janelle at 308-940-1105.
We are in need of a couple more volunteers to sell Scrip on Monday mornings at the 8:15am Mass, and at the Saturday weekend Mass at 4:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Scrip Coordinator Lauren Hicks at 620-290-4696 or firstname.lastname@example.org First-time volunteers welcome; no previous experience necessary!
Scrip Sales from October 4-10 were $3,105 with a profit of $121.59.
E-Scrip is sent home on the 1st and 16th of the month. To sign up or make changes to your order, please fill out and return the E-Scrip registration form with your child or contact Scrip Coordinator Lauren Hicks at 620-290-4696 or email@example.com
Scrip Volunteers for Oct 16/17 Masses: 4:00pm Lance/Barbara Wagner, 8:00am Mike/Cheryl Thiele, 9:30am Heather Waite, 11:00am Linda Stacy. Thank you.
ALL SOULS DAY and ALL SAINTS DAY ROSES
Look for the pink All Souls Day and All Saints Day Roses flyer being sent home today with your youngest/only student. Orders are due with payment by Friday, October 22. You may drop your order form in the box on the Scrip counter. --Sponsored by St Therese the Little Flower Circle
If you will have a Kindergartener for Fall 2022, please complete the Pre-Application for Kindergarten form or contact the school office for a form.
We have an advanced signup process for preschool. Finding quality preschool and care for your little ones requires advanced planning. Sign them up well in advance—see the office staff for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Preschool forms are available on our school website.
TEAMMATES MENTORS NEEDED
St. Peter School is currently looking for TeamMates mentors for St. Peter School children. As a mentor, you have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young person just by visiting them at school once a week. If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a child, please contact Chris Jacobsen at 402-421-6299 or email@example.com.
BACKGROUND SCREEN/SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The Diocese requires all faculty, staff, and volunteers for any event to complete the online Safe Environment (SE) training yearly and background screens every five years. Please check with the school office first (402-421-6299 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out your dates of completion to determine if you need a background screen, SE training, or both.
Please remember to bring food on Fridays for Catholic Social Services. The children also have a mission collection weekly. We encourage children to bring a little of their own money, or to do an extra job for which they can earn funds to give to the Missionary Childhood Association. Money will be sent directly to the front office for sanitary reasons.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
October 21 @ NAM
5:45 NAM vs. St. Peter Maroon (8)
6:45 NAM vs. St. Peter Black (8)
October 21 @ St. Joseph
5:45 St. Joseph vs. St. Peter (7)
NCC Response Health Draft II
Yearbook & School Directory order form 10/15
CK Sisters Outdoor Workday 10/16
Impact of Marijuana Use on Youth 10/21